Volkswagen AG is celebrating the thirty-first anniversary of the birth of its iconic GTD by debuting the youngest member of the Golf family at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The seventh generation GTD Golf is intended to be a blend of sports performance and styling with all the low running costs associated with a diesel.
Back in 1982, when Bucks Fizz ruled the charts, the first generation Golf GTD was revolutionary, the first VW to combine sports attributes with efficient driving. The new GTD is the most potent ever whilst retaining the high fuel economy of its predecessors.
Essentially designed as a long-distance touring car, the new GTD uses a six-speed manual gearbox and 2.0-litre four cylinder TDI engine. This delivers 184 horsepower and 380Nm of torque from 1,750 rpm, all for 67.3mpg. CO2 emissions are low, at 109g/km (the European Commission has sThe brand new Golf GTDet a 2015 target average of 130.)
As well as the manual there is, of course, an automatic version, with the acclaimed 'silky' six-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox and equally impressive figures: fuel consumption of 60.1mpg and 119 g CO2/km for the three door and 122g CO2/km for the 5 door version.
Both clock in with a 7.5 second 0-62 and a top speed of 143mph.
Scheduled for release in Germany in June, the VW Golf VII GTD will be available in black, pure white and tornado red.
Here's what else you get for your 29,350 Euro base price:
The Golf GTD comes with smoked LED rear lights with LED licence plate illumination, along with chrome dual tailpipes, 17-inch alloys, side skirts, rear diffuser, lowered sport suspension and a large roof spoiler. The cabin interior gets a special touch with some distinctive equipment including sport steering wheel, tartan sports seats, GTD shifter grip, stainless-steel pedals and footrest, specific instrument cluster and black headliner. Furthermore, other standard equipment includes park assist, automatic climate control, white ambience lighting and Volkswagen's latest touchscreen infotainment system.
For more information, keep an eye on the 83rd International Motor Show and Accessories in Geneva which runs from 7th to 17th March 2013.